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  • Selling a Maritime Air Force The PLAAF’s Campaign for a Bigger Maritime Role

    Download the full report at:/Portals/10/CASI/Books/CASI_Maritime CAF_Web Version.pdf?ver=2019-04-05-111717-100Inter-service rivalry is an ever-present condition for militaries around the world. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is no exception to this rule. Since the end of 2015, the PLA has been undergoing massive reforms, both in strategic
  • China Opens a New Page in Lunar Exploration

    On January 3 at 10:26 AM Beijing time, China’s Chang’e-4 (嫦娥四号) spacecraft, housing the 140 kilogram Yutu-2 (玉兔-2) rover, set down in the polar region on the far side of the Moon. This high-risk, challenging mission has never before been attempted by any space agency. The non-Earth facing side of the Moon has previously only been observed from
  • The PLA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems New Capabilities for a “New Era” of Chinese Military Power

    The PLA's Unmanned Aerial Systems The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continues to work diligently on all aspects of their aerospace forces. This includes areas not only of traditional aircraft, but also in more modern, and some cutting edge, technologies. The UAV is one area in which the People’s Republic of
  • Understanding the "People" of the People's Liberation Army

    Understanding the "People" of the PLA As the People’s Liberation Army PLA continues to undergo a wide range of institutional and equipment changes, it garners much attention from think tanks, academics, and other militaries from around the world.  While the organizational and technological changes of the PLA are
  • PLA Air Force's Four "Key Training Brands"

    PLA Air Force's Four "Key Training Brands" The PLAAF’s desire to advance its strategic transformation through qualitative changes is evidenced by its development of what it calls the “four key training brands” (四大品牌). These include: the Golden Helmet (金头盔) military competition; the Golden Dart (金飞镖) military
  • Brigadization of the PLA Air Force

    Brigadization of the PLA Air Force In 2016, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began to implement its 11th large-scale reorganization, including a 300,000-man force reduction. One key component of the reorganization was the PLA Air Force’s (PLAAF) shift away from its traditional Division-Regiment system to a
  • CASI 2017 Year End Update

    CASI 2017 Year End Update
  • Battlefield Singularity: Artificial Intelligence, Military Revolution, and China's Future Military Power

    The full report is available from CNAS Although technological advantage has been a key pillar of U.S. military power and national competitiveness, China is starting to catch up in its quest to become a “science and technology superpower” (科技强国). While the U.S. military possessed an early edge in technologies critical to information-age warfare,
  • CASI Associates Program

    The CASI Associates program allows CASI to leverage experts across the field of PLA and Chinese aerospace studies, who may not otherwise be available to the USAF, to conduct research and deliver findings and outcomes in support of CASI’s mission.  CASI Associates work on specific topics of interest; conduct broad based, and often native-language
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